Following the first shots of the new Mercedes-Benz SL, now come pictures of the AMG versions of the car. The more aggressive look continues and is added to by a full body kit, new wheels and a leather and carbon fibre interior.
The engines have also been revised with the SL55 being replaced by a more powerful SL63 AMG. The SL63 retains the V8 engine but in a highly modified form increasing the AMG’s naturally-aspirated powerplant to a capacity of 6.2 litres and resulting in an output of 538 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Also added is a seven-speed twin-clutch SpeedShift MCT (Multi-Clutch Transmission) with four drive modes. This promises smoother, faster gear changes for a more responsive drive. If that’s not enough, performance options include a limited-slip rear differential, ceramic front brake discs and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with metal shift paddles.
The V12 powered SL65 AMG is retained but with fewer mechanical updates than it’s V8 sibling. Both of these roadsters use Mercedes’ fantastic retractable hardtop transforming the car from a quiet, weather-tight coupe to a top-down open-air convertible in just 16 seconds.